Downtown Fort Dodge to Host Three Shop Local Events

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fort Dodge’s downtown businesses are actively working with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to prepare for what will be an exciting holiday season. “We have a great group of downtown business owners who are enthusiastic about creating fun events and a welcoming holiday experience for our community” said Kris Patrick, Executive Director for Main Street Fort Dodge.

There will be three main shop-local events leading up to the 2018 holiday season – Black Wednesday, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday. During all three, shoppers will have the opportunity to win several gift baskets valued at over $150 each. Shoppers will be given punch cards and for every $50 they spend, they will be entered to win. On Small Business Saturday, there will be even more opportunities to win, with prizes like a Christmas gift basket. These events and promotions are creating a fun way for shoppers to support local businesses while also having a great time.

Downtown businesses offer something for everyone

One of the best things about shopping downtown Fort Dodge is the ability to find unique gifts, treasures, and even clothing. Downtown retailers pride themselves in offering customers interesting items that have been curated for the Greater Fort Dodge community. Plus, customers receive the benefit of interacting with other community members who are passionate about their store and their ability to help customers. This level of customer service makes Christmas shopping easier and more enjoyable, especially for those who have a hard time knowing what to buy.

We suggest visiting all of Fort Dodge’s downtown retailers, including:

  • Homespun (home décor)
  • MaryKay’s Gifts and Home Decor(home décor
  • RealDeals (home décor, children and women’s clothing)
  • Rush Hour (women’s clothing)
  • Studio Fusion (make a craft for a gift – perfect for kids)
  • The Big Picture (eclectic with antiques and repurposed items)
  • Tillie’s Quilts (quilting and fabric Store)

Don’t forget about the activities

Community members are encouraged to head to downtown Fort Dodge and bring their friends and family to enjoy all the activities taking place during these three days. Main Street Fort Dodge, along with the Downtown Divas and Dudes are putting together various activities and promotions that include a full lineup of activities, such as:

  • Visits with Santa
  • Holiday movie for kids
  • Cookies and holiday treats

For parents, this is an excellent opportunity to shop, enjoy a drink with friends and get in the holiday spirit while children have fun watching a movie or engage in holiday activities of their own.

Enjoy a meal with friends and family

After a day full of shopping and hunting for unique gifts, shoppers can enjoy a meal or grab a drink at one of downtown Fort Dodge’s 19 restaurants and bars. Grab a pint at River Hops Brewing, a drink at Kingz Lounge, quiche and cup of coffee at Central Perk, a quick bite at Harty’s Caddy Shack Cafe, dinner at Olde Boston’s Restaurant, or meet the family at Shiny Top Brewing for pizza. With so many restaurants to choose from, there is something for everyone in downtown Fort Dodge – making eating dinner with friends and family the perfect way to end an afternoon of holiday shopping.

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